Ted and Lisa get curious about curiosity in Monster Baby Episode #26! They laugh their way through the opening challenge of a few Line-at-a-Time Limericks (1:48) and then enter their topic in earnest around the five-minute mark (5:29). They ask whether curiosity is fundamental to effective improv even though most teachers don’t talk about it explicitly (7:45) and then muse on the virtuous cycle of noticing and accepting (10:25). Lisa considers whether it’s possible to be both hostile and curious (15:28) and the two compare their relative skill with curiosity in regular life (21:18). Lisa brings in the example of the Beautiful Anonymous podcast and Ted wonders if it’s easier to be curious with strangers (26:31) before they together explore Advance-Color-Emotion and other improv exercises that can be played in “stealth mode” (34:56). They close by discussing the benefits about getting curious about others’ curiousness—and by turning that lens on themselves (42:33).
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San Francisco improvisors Ted DesMaisons and Lisa Rowland explore the beautiful, surprising and unruly intersections between mindfulness and improvisation as they seek to befriend that oft-hidden and sometimes scary part of all of us that can lead to a life well-lived.